War crimes prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo arrived in Tripoli on Apr 18 as part of an investigation into charges against Muammar Qaddafi’s detained son, Seif Al-Islam, sought for trial by the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Hague-based court issued an arrest warrant for Seif Al-Islam last year, after prosecutors accused him and others of involvement in the killing of protesters during the revolt that eventually toppled his father. Libya says he will be tried in his home country but it has been unable to prize him out of the hands of the militia fighters who caught him in the southern desert in November. Seif Al-Islam remains in a secret location in the western town of Zintan. Upon arrival at Tripoli airport, Moreno-Ocampo told reporters: “I’m here because I am still investigating crimes.”
Asked whether a potential deal was being brokered with the Libyan government about trying Seif Al-Islam in Libya under the supervision of the ICC, he said: “I am a prosecutor at the ICC, I don’t make deals. We apply the law. “The judges of ICC ordered (Libya) to surrender Saif. The Libyan government says they will challenge the admissibility of the case before the end of April and then the judges will decide.” The ICC this month rejected Libya’s request to postpone handing over Seif Al-Islam to face war crimes charges. It ordered Tripoli to “comply with its obligations to enforce the warrant of arrest” and surrender him without delay.